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Review of Chapelle Expiatoire

Chapelle Expiatoire
29, rue Pasquier, 75008 Paris, France (Champs-Élysées)
01 44 32 18 00
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Ranked #372 of 634 Attractions in Paris
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: In the tranquil setting of Square Louis XVI, lies a marvel of late neo-classical architecture: the Chapelle Expiatoire. The expiatory chapel was built in 1815 on the orders of the late king’s brother, Louis XVIII. On the exact spot beheaded sovereigns were buried in 1793 along with many other illustrious victims of the Revolution, including Marie-Antoinette. The chapel is dedicated to the memory of the royal family.Open:> All the year, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed:> 1st January, 1st May and 25th December. Admission fees: Adults : 5,5€; Concessions (18 to 25) = 4€; Free admission: minors under 18*; Free admission: 18-25 years old* (citizens of one of the 27 countries of the EU or are non-European permanent residents of France) * excluding school groups
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“Closed without notice”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013 via mobile

Was so looking forward to this experience. The location itself is very easy to find, and the area is sweet and charming. However, i was heartbroken to arrive and find it locked up. We did our research ahead of time and went within open hours. Even the signage outside the building said we were within visiting hours. What a let down.

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New York City, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
29 attraction reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“The saddest place in Paris is still lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Paris is a happy city. There is nothing ugly anywhere, everything is beautifully presented. The food, flowers, clothes, everyone is beautiful. This place is beautiful too, but very sad. It's an attempt at redemption by the city for having put the King and Queen to the guillotine. The white rose bushes are lovely, the dome is lovely, the little cat in the cloister is lovely, the memory of the Revolution, maybe not so lovely...but it did pave the way for modern France and that's a great thing.

Visited May 2012
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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“A hidden gem in the heart of Paris”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Are you tired of queues to Paris attractions? Do you want to see something beautiful and touching that holds part of Parisian history within it? Then this is the place for you!

When we arrived here in the afternoon there were no queues. While visiting the attraction, we only saw handful of people touring this place. The burial ground, which you have to cross to get in the chapel, is simple, but beautiful. The chapel itself is pretty small, but a lovely piece of neo-classical architecture. It is dedicated to King Louis XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette. The crypts are also worth the visit. A true place of tranquility!

Visited March 2012
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Perth, Western Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Does anyone know how to book this beautiful Chapelle for a wedding without a wedding planner? please pm me. Thanks

Visited October 2012
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Fredericton, Canada
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Not hard to find - a big walled in square not far from the metro. Beautiful monument - very underrated - we enjoyed this as much as many of the 'big attractions' in Paris. The monument is very touching, especially reading Marie Antoinette's last letter (addressed mostly to her children), heart breaking.

Outside in front of the monument seems to be an attraction for local young couples in love :)

Visited August 2011
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